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Partnership with music studio opens doors for students

Homecoming pep fests are memorable experiences for most high school students, but the pep fest at Burnsville High School last fall may prove life changing for senior Markell Sutton. His musical performance led a staff member to introduce him to THE GARAGE, a music venue and recording studio that partners with the city of Burnsville and Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 to provide learning opportunities for students.

In Markell’s case, what the partnership is providing is an opportunity for self-expression and the chance to pursue his passion and hopeful career pathway.

With new classes, district aims to ‘grow its own’ future teachers

Talking to a group of Burnsville High School juniors – most of whom were students of color – District 191 Systems Improvement and Student Achievement (SISA) coordinators Frannie Becquer and Jeff Pope asked how many of their teachers in the last 11 years looked like them. A few students could say they’d had one teacher of color. Most said none.

“When you don’t see yourself in a career, research shows you’re less likely to think that’s an option for you,” said Pope.

Burnsville High School culinary students invited to Super Bowl event

Two Burnsville High School seniors, Austin Allen and Abdikadir Abdullahi, have been invited to participate in the “Taste of the NFL” event, which is being held Saturday, Feb. 3 at the Saint Paul RiverCentre.

Taste of the NFL is an event that is held each year at the hosting city of the Super Bowl, where chefs from each NFL city prepare their signature dish alongside an NFL player. The result is 35 different food stations where guests can sample different types of food and meet NFL players.

Dakota Electric donation supports college, career pathways in District 191

Dakota Electric Association recently donated $10,000 to support college and career pathways programming in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191. The donation will help the district continue its work to provide classes and other opportunities that help students find their passions and prepare for success after graduation.  

“I would like to thank you on behalf of the school district for your gracious contributions to education,” said Dr. Kathy Funston, director of strategic partnerships and pathways for District 191.

BHS students gaining real-world experience through school blood drive

Burnsville High School’s DECA club is planning a blood drive at the school on Nov. 3 during the school day for BHS students and staff.

DECA is a club that prepares students wanting to go into the finance, marketing, hospitality and management fields. BHS is one of many high schools and colleges across the globe that offers DECA to its students.

“Working on the blood drive has taught us how to act and work in the business field,” BHS senior and DECA officer Jake Chudecke said. “In the long run, through our work with local businesses, we are becoming real-world ready.”

BHS students brand, market and manage student-run credit union

Burnsville High School students are instrumental in the branding, set-up, marketing and upcoming launch of the Firefly Credit Union inside their school, near the new Activities Center. The branch is designed to provide on-the-job experience and financial literacy to all students and has been in the making for more than a year.The official ribbon cutting will take place from 7:15 to 7:45 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 8.

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